Guillermina Before and After

The elephants who arrive at sanctuary come here with their own unique issues to tackle. You may remember that Guillermina and Pocha arrived at Elephant Sanctuary Brazil, they had a lot to learn about what their lives could be in this new world, and what it meant to be around other elephants. They were also both clinically obese, with Guille having the most weight to lose. 

Guille still has some issues to contend with as she grows and learns to deal with Pocha’s death. She has matured emotionally in ways that are extremely encouraging, making friends with Maia and Bambi and learning gradually about what herd life means. She also has access to a natural diet and habitat, which means she can graze on food that’s healthy and has different types of land to traverse at any time she wants. Because she’s young and has lots of energy, that tends to mean that she moves plenty. And you can see it in how her body has been transformed. 

As you can see here, where Guillermina was once incredibly round, she has now built muscle and lost unnecessary fat. She is now a healthy weight, perhaps for the first time in her adult life. Her face has slimmed, and she looks transformed. She’s settling into herself and working through her emotional challenges – things that happen naturally at sanctuary after a time. If you missed the live posts during Guille and Pocha’s rescue, you can check them out here: 

P.S.: Today’s podcast has been released and it expands on Rana’s journey, including her relationship with Ramba. It talks about how Rana learned lessons from meeting and interacting with Maia and Guida that she took into her new friendship, though perhaps too stringently.


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    Nicole P says

    Her fear is gone from her eyes!

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    Nancy HartGold says

    What a noticeable difference. With all our benefits of sanctuary life a healthy diet and weight makes a huge impact on her quality of life.

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    Julie says

    Her face looks relaxed now, and of course, she’s slim and trim now too. Love her to pieces.

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    Julie says

    Look at her lovely manicured feet compared to the before! That’s a well taken care of elephant!

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    Karen says

    She has truly transformed into a beauty. So many blessings to you all for your incredible work.

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    Patricia says

    Guille, you are a goddess and a star!

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    Barb says

    Simply put . . Remarkable!

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    Anella Sturgess Stewart says

    Wow, what an amazing transformation for Guille in one year! She looks years younger and it’s to be expected her energy level has increased as a result of her weight loss. She must feel so much better thanks to the caring angels at GSE. It’s so encouraging to see her increasing close relationship with Bambi and Maia & learning at her own pace about herd life….she’s amazing.

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    Janine Proctor says

    She looks like a young, fit beautiful elephant, radiant and happy! Gorgeous girl❤️

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    Maureen says

    Guille’s transformation is phenomenal!! Not just her physical transformation, which is amazing, but her emotional transformation and her amazing growth. So many changes for this young girl in such a short amount of time and while she had a very rough start on her journey, she has learned grace, friendship, the love and affection of her sisters/teachers and gained so much more. She has gained her own life back!!

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    Sheila says

    YES DEAR GUILLIE. U ARRIVED A PORKY PORKCHOP. BUT. STROLLING THE JUNGLE AND UR PARADISE, swimming. Mudding. Great fruit and Veggi diet plus natural vegitation. Has slimmed u down. U have devloped happiness in the herd from. MAIA AND BAMBI. Although ubmiss urbmuma POACHA. Maia. Also has grief experience from LOSS OF GUIDA HER BEST FRIEND FOR DECADES. STAY CLOSE TO MAIA ON UR TOUGH DAYS. RANA ALSO UR MATRIARCH WAS AFFECTED BY GUIDAS DEATH. RAMBAS, AND POCHAS DEATH. Guille u will have a great life and what un dont know is ur daddy, and the African ladies will be coming soon💝🐘

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    Terry says

    I am still in awe over her incredible transformation. These pictures are such a testament to sanctuary life! I’m so happy for Guille and all the girls!

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    Sara says

    I always love the before and after pictures of the elephants. Thanks for what you do.

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    Carey says

    And her skin is better! She’s learnt how to look after herself bless her

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    Rachel says

    Hurrah! What a wonderful, healthy transformation. I’ve been saving these emails until I returned home from back to back trips and just going through them. Had to comment on this one. Thanks for these reminders and causes for celebrating! Always a fan and ardent believer in all you do. Thanks sooo much. 💝

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